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Food manufacturer fined after worker entangled in machinery

16 December 2015

A food product manufacturer has been fined after a worker suffered injury when he became entangled in machinery.

Coventry Magistrates’ Court heard the employee of Gruma Europe Limited suffered serious injury to his upper arm.

He was able to open a guard door that should have stopped him getting access to dangerous parts of moving machinery in the production area.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred in February 2015, at Mission Foods, Renown Avenue, Coventry, found that there was inadequate machinery guarding.

Gruma Europe Limited, of , Great West Road, Brentford, was fined a total of £13,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,452 after pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

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